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31-07-2016 05:27

Travel Tip

Aš, photo: Dominik Jůn

Around Aš

30-07-2016 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

Aš is a town in the far north-west of the Czech Republic, and is part of the so-called Ašský výběžek – or Aš panhandle – a protrusion of land surrounded by Germany on three sides. The panhandle extends from the city of Cheb in the south all the way up to the town of Hranice at the northernmost tip. Located in the middle of the panhandle, Aš is situated just one kilometre from the Bavarian border to the west, and about five kilometres from the German state of Saxony to the east.   More


Czech and Slovak pilots in RAF, photo: Public Domain

An English girl and a Czech soldier

30-07-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

In the last programme in our series marking Radio Prague’s 80th birthday we heard recordings of Czechs and Slovaks fighting in the British armed forces during World War Two. This week our tour of the radio archives brings us forward to the heady days immediately after the war. It is May 1945, Czechoslovakia has been liberated, and Czechs and Slovaks who fought in the Allied armed forces are returning home. One recording evokes this moment vividly. It is a dramatized reading of a letter, written by a Czech soldier to an English girl at some point shortly after he has returned to his home country, still in his British army uniform.   More


Emil Zátopek, photo: Roger Rössing, Deutsche Fotothek, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

Running legend Emil Zátopek: separating fact from fiction

30-07-2016 02:01 | Chris Johnstone

With the Summer Olympics now looming, it’s probably appropriate to look a bit deeper at the life and times of probably the greatest Czechoslovak athlete ever, the distance runner Emil Zátopek. It was Zátopek who astoundingly won a trio of gold medals at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres and the marathon, amazingly a distance that he had never competed at before.   More


Jiráskův Hronov, photo: archive of Radio Prague

Jiráskův Hronov, a celebration of amateur theatre, returns for 86th year

29-07-2016 15:24 | Jan Velinger

This Friday sees the start of one of the oldest festivals in Europe celebrating amateur theatre in Hronov close to the Polish border. The festival is dedicated to the great writer Alois Jirásek, who was born there. Although his plays have since fallen out of fashion, some troupes still take a crack at his work every so often; more importantly, over the course of ten days, visitors get to see some of the best in amateur theatre from the year all in one place.   More

Current Affairs

Invalidovna, photo: CTK

Last ditch moves are aimed at halting auction of Prague Invalidovna complex

29-07-2016 13:37 | Chris Johnstone

One of Prague’s most impressive architectural secrets, the massive baroque Invalidovna complex in the city’s Karlín district, is up for sale. Used as a backdrop to many films, the former home for war veterans constructed in the 18th century had found...  More

Photo: archive of Radio Prague

Tradespeople up in arms over booming Jack-of-all-trades phenomenon

29-07-2016 14:20 | Daniela Lazarová

Czech tradespeople are up in arms over the increasing rivalry that plumbers, painters and electricians are getting from unqualified jacks-of- all trades who make a living by helping out with whatever needs to be done around the house. The “hodinový manžel”...  More


Chřiby, photo: Johana Drlíková, CC BY-SA 3.0

Friends of the Earth striving for more wilderness areas in the Czech Republic

28-07-2016 14:40 | Daniela Lazarová

The NGO Friends of the Earth is striving to start a broad debate on expanding wilderness sites outside of the country’s national parks. Earlier this month it released a list of five suitable localities where Nature could be left to its own devices. These areas would moreover be open to the public. I asked Jiří Koželouh, the NGO’s programme director, to tell me more.   More


Photo: archive of Uber

Swopping views on how to deal with sharing economy

27-07-2016 13:08 | Chris Johnstone

The sharing economy is one of those vogue terms that can perhaps best be explained by some of the concepts which have been made possible by the Internet, digital applications, and credit cards. Crowd funding is one. Others are flat and house renting...  More

One on One

Jiří Kejval, photo: Šárka Ševčíková

Czech Olympic Committee chief Kejval: War on doping can’t be won but must be fought

25-07-2016 15:23 | Ian Willoughby

Over 100 Czech athletes are set to take part in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, an event that for some will no doubt be the pinnacle of an entire lifetime in sport. But what would be a satisfactory medals haul from the perspective of the Czech Olympic Committee? And why hasn’t the team adopted the name Czechia?   More

Sports News

Photo: CTK

Sports News

25-07-2016 14:28 | Ian Willoughby

In Sports News this Monday: Rio-bound Czech athletes split over treatment of Russians; Kvitová hoping to turn season around in Brazil; Plzeň and Sparta readying for Champions League qualifiers; and Prague Black Panthers lift Czech Bowl after controversial...  More

Sunday Music Show

Markéta Konvičková, photo: archive of Markéta Konvičková

Markéta Konvičková seeks wider audience with album releases

24-07-2016 02:01 | Clare Profous

In today's Sunday Music Show we will be listening to songs from Markéta Konvičková’s last two albums – TABLO and Kafe, bar a nikotin. Markéta Konvičková is a 22 year old Czech pop singer who first rose to fame in 2009 as a finalist on the Czech and Slovak...  More


Photo: archive of John Martin

Passion for Operation Anthropoid has led me to every corner of Prague, says author and tour organiser John Martin

23-07-2016 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Among the credits in the forthcoming movie Anthropoid is “Man at assassination”. That man is John Martin, a Liverpudlian who was invited to appear as an extra after several years of correspondence on Operation Anthropoid with the film’s director and co-writer Sean Ellis. A stand-up comedian by profession, Martin has for decades had a huge interest in the incredibly daring assassination of Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich by Czechoslovak parachutists Jan Kubiš and Jozef Gabčík in Prague in 1942.  More

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